French: Hirondelle à queue blanche German: Weißschwanzschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina coliblanca
10 miles [16 km] west of Mega, 4000 feet [c. 1220 m], Ethiopia
S Ethiopia (Yabello and Mega areas).
13 cm; 11 g. Male is glossy steel-blue above, wings black with blue sheen; tail slightly forked, inner feathers all white with black shaft streaks, outer feathers white on... read more
Open, semi-arid grassland with acacia (Acacia) bushes, also Acacia woodland, and... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes beetles (Coleoptera). Forages around flowering trees; flight fast and elegant.
Main rainy season in Apr–Jun, but suspected of breeding also in period Jan–Feb. Nest is a small open cup, constructed of mud... read more
Resident; possibly some local movements, as numbers vary.
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in South Ethiopian Highlands EBA. Population estimated to be in range 2500–10,000 individuals, but data poor. Although... read more
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